Giving mom something to smile about this Mother’s Day weekend will be a cinch thanks to a myriad of mama-friendly happenings going down in the DMV. From a 5K fun run for sporty types to a farmers market stroll for foodies, there’s something for every kind of mom. If her love language is gifts, be sure to stop by the Acton Children’s Business Fair where cool kid-created wares will be up for grabs.

Photo: Acton Children’s Business Fair

Federal Triangle

Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmers Market
Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHoP) features plenty of farm-fresh edibles and artisanal novelties. The market is intended to be eco-friendly, informative, entertaining, interactive and original. Be sure to stop by our information booth and stock up on recipes and tips for maintaining a healthy and socially responsible lifestyle. FriEvent details.

Various Locations

Redskins Read Book Fair
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation will be taking over Barnes & Noble locations for the Redskins Read Bookfair. The Bookfair will include readings from Redskins celebrity guests as well as local authors and a percentage of each purchase will benefit youth literacy programs in our community! SatEvent details.


Mothers Day Weekend at Mount Vernon
Join the “Mother of our Country”, Martha Washington for Mother’s Day weekend at Mount Vernon! Stroll through Mount Vernon’s magnificent gardens in bloom. Lady Washington will give lavender sachets to all mothers (while supplies last). Sat.-SunEvent details.

Cleveland Park

Acton Children’s Business Fair
This one-day outdoor marketplace in Cleveland Park gives kids the opportunity to create a business, sell to real customers, and decide themselves what to do with the profits. There will be over 100 young entrepreneurs selling everything from original board games, Star-Wars-themed noodles, tooth fairy monsters, hand-dyed jump ropes, race car crayons, and more! Entry is free and open to the public, though we suggest you bring cash as the young entrepreneurs and their products will be hard to resist! SatEvent details.

Falls Church

BalletNova’s Petit Performance of Swan Lake
This 45-minute performance is perfectly designed for ages 3-5 years old. It’s a wonderful introduction to story ballets! Housed in our BalletNova Fredgren Studio Theatre, audience members are invited to meet and greet dancers after the show!
Bonus: After the performance, BalletNova is hosting an Open House with FREE 30-minute sample dance classes for ages 3–8. SatEvent details.


Hope for Henry Mother’s Day 5K
The annual Mother’s Day 5K to Make a Kid’s Day attracts 500+ runners and walkers each year. The 5K is a USATF-certified course and the race is chip-timed. We also offer a 1-mile fun run on the school track. All participants will receive medals at the finish line and category winners will receive awards during the post-race ceremony. This year’s event will feature a Kids Zone with family-friendly activities including inflatable bouncy houses, face painters, balloon makers, and arts and crafts activities. SunEvent details.

What are your plans this Mother’s Day weekend? Tell us in the comments.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady